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|August 29, 2018||Posted By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, H24H||
2018.08.29 | By Gregory Nagy
§0. The anguish of a replicant named Roy in the story of Blade Runner is only one example of the unseasonality suffered by artificial humans. I explore another example here, where a replicant named Rachael experiences the shock of being told that she is not human. Unlike Roy, who knew all along that he was not human, Rachael never knew. Once she is told that she is not human, she weeps bitterly. But how can she be sad if she is not human? How can she have emotions, like sadness? How can she even feel human? And, if she feels emotions, are those emotions real? Or are such emotions hopelessly warped? Rachael’s anguish about such questions is comparable, I think, to the anguish felt by ancient Greek heroes who sense that their emotions are warped precisely because they are heroes.[Essay continues here…]
Who is the best of heroes, Achilles or Odysseus? And which is the best of epics, the Iliad or the Odyssey?
|April 10, 2015||Posted By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, H24H|
2015.04.10 | By Gregory Nagy
I propose here to revisit one of my all-time favorite passages in Homeric poetry. This passage is a kind of micro-epic, basically ten verses in length, and we find it embedded in the narrative of Odyssey 8. We see in that part of the Odyssey what can best be described as paraphrases of three songs performed by Demodokos, the blind singer of the Phaeacians. The micro-epic that I am highlighting is the first of the three songs.[Essay continues here…]